Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Reading pleasures

My friend Melissa (she of the Dynamic Duo of Shoe Shopping) and I have a running joke about our children's favorite p0rn.

When the Lego catalog arrives in the mail at Melissa's house, her sons (ages 7 and 4) go nuts. They spend hours carefully studying every page and memorizing the details. The older boy can also tell you how many pieces are in each kit and the prices. Melissa finds Lego catalogs in the bathroom, stashed in her sons' bunk beds, and in random other hiding places around the house. Doesn't that sound like teenage boys and Playboy?

Here in Jenworld, it's the American Girl catalog. Duh. When it arrives in our mailbox, my girls actually negotiate who gets to read it first. Their negotiating skills are so good that I think they could work at the U.N. Maybe my children could broker peace in Iraq. When one girl is reading, the other girl may look over her sister's shoulder, but she may not interrupt the first girl's reading pleasure or even touch the catalog. She waits her turn patiently. There is an awed silence in the house during this time, with occasional gasps of delight and amazement. By the time I get around to flipping through the catalog and commenting on what we WON'T be buying, every single page is filled with notes in the girls' handwriting.

I joke about this, but the fact is that adults are no different. We all have our preferred forms of p0rn. When the Garnet Hill catalog comes, I go through it at least twice and even note those things that I plan to wear when my body is significantly smaller and cuter. Ditto other clothing catalogs. And you can probably imagine the screams of delight when the new IKEA! catalog arrives each summer.

There are certain magazines that could conceivably bring my day to a crashing halt. The three that come instantly to mind are Dwell, Renovation Style, and Cottage Living (an odd mix, I know, but you'd have to see my house to understand). Unless I am just crazy busy when those magazines arrive, I drop everything immediately and sit down to read. And think. And brainstorm. I usually spend an hour or more reading the magazine carefully. Then I put it down and think for a while, to be followed by a second careful reading. Backwards. You wouldn't believe what new things can be discovered just by going in reverse.

So here's my question for everyone today: What is your "p0rn"? Is is People or Us Weekly? Is it the Anthropologie catalog? Maybe Pottery Barn? What brings your day to a complete standstill?

(Please note how I spelled "p0rn" each and every time. With any luck, no one searching for the prurient and repulsive will end up here.)

24 comments:

smalltownmom said...

The Lego catalog is huge for my 11 year old. He has carefully pointed out the the only lego he wants, the most expensive in the catalog of course. My **** is People magazine. I am really pissed if it's not in the mail on Friday. And my online **** is Go Fug Yourself and Mamarazzi.

MizMell said...

Mine is the Joann Fabrics or the Tuesday Morning flyer... (who knew?)

Sue said...

Oh, for me it's totally O Magazine. I don't watch the show, haven't watched it in years, but I LURVE the magazine. When it comes I can't help but immediately start reading it. And it's so thick. And the articles are so good. And the book recommendations are great. I LURVE it.

And I love National Geographic. Seriously. You learn the wackiest most fascinating stuff.

And I will confess that sometimes I will read US magazine. Yes, it's true. But I don't buy it, I just stand there in the grocery aisle and read it. Unless I'm flying somewhere - then I totally buy it.

Badness Jones said...

Mmmm.....Canadian House and Home, the Ikea catalogue, Land's End, L.L. Bean, J. Crew....I love me some mail-order catalogues!

I don't even buy that much, it's just the looking that I love

daysgoby said...

Smithsonian magazine.

It makes me feel smart. Traveled.
and now I have a huge list of places I want to go and things to see.

(I save all the back issues. By the time B gets around to reading them, they're in the downstairs bathroom - but hey! He's sharing my obsession. Not such a bad thing!)

Mrs. G. said...

Somehow my daughter and I missed the whole American Girl experience. I guess it's because we homeschooled. We were too busy grinding our own wheat and knitting the book of Genesis. We did not miss the Lego revolution. They are all over the house!

Patience_Crabstick said...

Anthropologie catalog definitely. Also, J. Crew, Boden, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, & Garnet Hill. It used to be Hanna Andersen, but my kids have gotten too mature for their clothes. I like the American Girl catalog too, although it was better before they were bought out by Mattel.

Melissa said...

Oh yeah, the Discovery Toys catalog is p0rn for my sons. For me? Signals and Wireless, White Flower Farm, Lee Valley and Brent and Becky's Bulbs. I get dizzy just thinking about them;)

TX Poppet said...

Williams Sonoma catalog. I know it's bad for me. I know I will never buy anything from it. Everything is too expensive to buy sight unseen and there are plenty of shops nearby where I can get up close and personal with the merchandise. But there is just something so hot and dirty about their catalogs that I can't look away. When Spouse pulls one out from under the bed demanding "What's this!?" and I swear I'll throw it out out and never stash any more, I know that I am lying. I'm an addict to popover pan porn.

Sarah O. said...

I'm crazy in love with Playmobil catalogs.

Not Jenny said...

Interweave Knits. Knitpicks catalogue. Knitty(dot)com The Finished Objects galleries at Ravelry My guilty news stand pleasure is Glamour magazine. Only slightly less smutty than cosmo.

I am a fiber whore. I love all things yarn related.

Bunny Bunster said...

Seriously? Readers Digest! I grew up on it! It's like comfort food.

Aims said...

None of these will ring any bells for you guys but my Stop The Clocks! are Metro magazine (a lifestyle and current affairs mag based in Auckland) and the Ezibuy catalogue - great homeware bargains! I am coveting an outdoor beanbag at the moment.

Comets89 said...

I LOVE People Magazine. It is SO mindless but I love it. I even go to just extreme to "borrow" it every Friday from the schools IMC's (I am a teacher) mailbox and return it on Monday. My husband loves his Filson catalog, son loves his SI for Kids, and daughter has to scan the AG catalog

Jessi said...

Don't be so sure your "mispelling" will deter them, hehe.

I actually don't have a magazine that I fawn over. I don't even subscribe to any any more. I have certain things online, though, that when they happen, I'll drop whatever else I'm doing to focus in on them....and no, they're not real p0rn there either, so no jokes, hehe. ;-)

Lela said...

My form of p0rn is my Paper Crafts Mag, I love looking at how creative the artists are with their fancy papers.

Josie said...

Scientific American for WB. I know, he doesn't look like a geek but he is such a geek I wonder about genetics at times.
Macleans (CDN equivalent of Time) and Glamour make me stop everything I'm doing. I know, sad.

Ree said...

Lucky.

and Pottery Barn.

and Burpee's Seed catalog for cryin' out loud.

clemsongirlandthecoach said...

Your blog is my p0rn...

hee hee

Traci Anne said...

I used to be the exact same way about the American Girl catalog! I remember when the new "looks like you" or whatever doll came out and I SO wanted one - I had Molly and I loved the hell outta her.

Anyway.

Now it's Glamour, Lucky, or OK! UK :)

Lisa @ Take90West said...

My PB and Restoration Hardware catalogs are dog eared and marked with post it notes. And I save every single one of them. And you cannot talk to me when I am designing in my head.

Lori Anderson Designs said...

All of my beading magazines, and Garnet Hill. And then Etsy is my online p0rn.

Linda and her Surroundings said...

Marie Claire - love it.

sara said...

I remember loooving the American Girls catalog, but for us now it's when the Food and Wine magazine comes. We love to cook and the recipes from there, while usually not 30-minute-quick-meals, are almost always worth the time involved in trying them.